There was no Ryan Finley in Red or White today in the 2019 Kay Yow Spring Game, but there were 3 quarterbacks battling to be the one that fills his shoes come the Fall.
Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay, Redshirt Freshman Devin Leary, and Redshirt Sophomore Bailey Hockman all got their reps.
To the shock of no one, McKay got the nod out of the gate. He has been with the program longer than anyone else, and enters this QB competition with an edge due to his experience. While he started off a little choppy, McKay finished strong. He completed 14 of his 24 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown (14-yarder to Cary Angeline), and rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown. McKay was the most consistent and the most composed.
Leary flashed his potential today. He has a canon for an arm. Leary was 12 of 23 for 104 yards, with a touchdown (3-yarder to Thayer Thomas) and an interception (Brock Miller).
Hockman also flashed his ability make plays, and showed he could be effective throwing on the run. He finished the game completing 12 of 23 for 134 yards and a touchdown (61-yarder to Max Fisher).
Even though the biggest question surrounding this team is who the signal caller will be, the pressure on the QB room was lowered a little bit today with the explosion of Freshman Zonovan “BAM” Knight.
Knight was the MVP of the Spring Game, and it wasn’t even close. Gallaspy and Person were a good duo last year, but neither of them possessed the breakaway speed of Nyheim Hines. Knight does. He finished the game with 17 rushes for 139 yards and a touchdown (73-yarder), and also picked up 3 receptions for 26 yards.
There is 0% chance Knight redshirts in the Fall. He will feature prominently in the Wolfpack rush attack.
Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver CJ Riley had sure hands this afternoon, and showed his explosive play ability. Riley finished the game with 6 receptions for 113 yards, with two of his catches going for 35 and 40 yards.
Redshirt Freshman Devin Carter was 2nd on the team with 6 receptions for 60 yards. He looked like Kelvin Harmon on a deep ball, and is a brute for defenders to get to the ground.
Redshirt Sophomore Thayer Thomas didn’t make the trip to Boston College with his baseball teammates to play the Eagles. He had a Spring Game to play in. Thomas finished with 5 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown, and almost had his hands on a couple of deep balls.
Freshman Keyon Lesane showed that the future is bright at slot receiver, showing off his quick and elusive ability with 4 receptions for 44 yards. With Thomas returning, and Tabari Hines transferring in, I don’t know how much Lesane will be featured in the Fall, but I think the coaches found something special in Lesane.
On the defensive side of the ball, Freshman Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris might have flashed the most in my eyes. He is going to be an extremely successful run stuffer in Raleigh. Harris finished with 7 tackles, which was tied for the team lead.
Sophomore Nickel Tyler Baker Williams had 3 pass breakups.
Sophomore Place Kicker Chris Dunn continues to be one of the Wolfpack fans favorite players on the roster. Not only can he make field goals…he can make them from long distance, splitting the uprights on a 53-yarder this afternoon.
AJ Cole was an excellent punter at NC State, but Redshirt Sophomore Mackenzie Morgan looks like he’s more than capable of filling his shoes. Dude has a boot. Quite a few of Morgan’s punts sailed well over 50 yards, and he was successful on numerous occasions pinning the ball down within the 10-yard line.
Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU
Offensive Lineman Justin Chase announced he was transferring from NC State back on December 1st.
Now we know where he will be playing his final year of eligibility.
Chase is transferring to East Carolina as a Graduate Transfer.
— Justin Chase (@justinchase_73) April 11, 2020
Chase only saw action in the first two games of last season for the Wolfpack, playing 2 snaps against ECU, and 12 against Western Carolina. He was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2016 recruiting class.
NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees
Earlier this week, NC State head football coach Dave Doeren bought lunch for 100 employees at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
The food bought was from Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Rex is where NC State sends their players if they need to go to the hospital.
Alan Wolf, media relations manager for Rex Healthcare, told Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer how much Doeren’s generosity meant.
“It’s a stressful time to be at the hospital,” Wolf told the N&O on Tuesday. “These are folks on the front line of helping patients through this pandemic. To have an outpouring of support from people like coach Doeren and those in the community who have donated all sorts of food, lunches, meals, it’s been an amazing thing to see.”
“It’s thoughtful, it’s generous and it’s heartwarming,” Wolf said. “When you’re in the hospital for however long your shift is and all of a sudden there’s a boxed lunch that a football coach donated, it means the world.” (N&O)
2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5
After a rough 2019, in which NC State’s football team posted a 4-8 (1-7) record, every Wolfpack fan is looking for a glimmer of hope that 2020 will yield better results.
Vegas has released their odds for the 2020 college football season, and NC State is projected to win 4.5 regular season games, missing a bowl for the second straight year.
According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.
Boston College: -1
Georgia Tech: –
NC State: +0.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1
NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue
FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.
1. Florida State — $69 million
2. Clemson — $61 million
3. Miami — $56 million
4. NC State — $46 million
5. Syracuse — $44 million (FootballScoop)
The dates of their research were from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
For some perspective, the ACC doesn’t have a school ranked in the Top-15 nationally.
Power 5 — Top 15
1. Texas — $156 million
2. Georgia — $123 million
3. Michigan — $122 million
4. Notre Dame — $116 million
5. Ohio State — $115 million
6. Penn State — $100 million
7. Auburn — $95 million
8. Oklahoma — $94.8 million
9. Alabama — $94.6 million
10. Nebraska — $94.3 million
11. LSU — $92 million
12. Tennessee — $91 million
13. Wisconsin — $90 million
14. Florida — $85 million
15. Washington — $84 million (FootballScoop)
Wake Forest is tied for the 2nd lowest Football Revenue out of all the Power 5 schools, and Boston College ranks 5th.